August 2020
Megan Lowe's (UN)CAGED.© Megan Lowe. (Click image for larger version)

RAWdance presents – CONCEPT series: Digital Edition and Dance Party – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Rather than succumb to a COVID-19 hiatus, RAWdance pivoted to a dance-on-camera format for the CONCEPT Series’ 28th edition, and presented seven new short films created by various artists over the past few months…

Tobias Praetorius.© Tom Mckenzie. (Click image for larger version)

RDB’s Tobias Praetorius on his new ballet, The Princess and the Pea

Royal Danish Ballet’s Tobias Praetorius is an anomaly, a young dancer – he’s only 24 – who is already interested in playing character roles. He is also a choreographer and Marina Harss catches up with him about his latest project – a ‘Pixiballet’ (aimed at children) based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea…

Scottish Ballet in the filmed performance of Catalyst by Nicholas Shoesmith.© Mihaela Bodlovic. (Click image for larger version)

An Evening with Scottish Ballet – part of Edinburgh International Festival 2020

★★★✰✰   Although An Evening with Scottish Ballet could have been better presented by the Edinburgh Festival, the programme showcases an enterprising company full of ideas…

Alexei Ratmansky.© Tatiana Ratmansky. (Click image for larger version)

Alexei Ratmansky, the Covid-19 Interview

Alexei Ratmansky, the Covid-19 Interview – “Its’ like a dress rehearsal for retirement and it turns out that I’m not ready for it.”

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival: Courtney Lavine at the dress rehearsal.© Quinn Wharton. (Click image for larger version)

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival – Works by Larry Keigwin, Leonardo Sandoval & Calvin Royal III – New York

★★★★✰   The Kaatsbaan Summer Festival offers the respite of communication without words, of the beauty of the body moving freely through space, and of shared experience.

Jonathan Glazer's Strasbourg 1518.© Strasbourg 1518/Academy Films/BBC . (Click image for larger version)

BBC, Artangel and Sadler’s Wells – Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518, featuring Pina Bausch dancers

★★✰✰✰   Strasbourg 1518 has been lauded as ‘head buttingly confrontational’ and an original ‘dance for today’. It isn’t. Familiar Bausch tropes don’t really reflect 1518’s psychogenic mania, which was communal, or today’s experience of isolation, stress and tedium.

Gabrielle Sprauve in Orilla.© Ballet Hispanico. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – Noche Unidos, a virtual fundraiser to celebrate BHs 50th anniversary

★★★★✰   One silver lining to the pandemic has been getting to see companies online that I have been largely unfamiliar with and Ballet Hispanico is a real find…

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